10 responses

  1. Maya
    October 6, 2011

    How about “Better Than Running At Night” by Hillary Frank? Also, “Number 6 Fumbles” by Rachel Solar-Tuttle is usually shelved in the adult section but has more of a YA feel to it.


  2. Lourdes
    October 7, 2011

    Thanks Maya. I have seen “Better Than Running At Night” (during my library shelving days) but never got around to reading it. I know I will now. I have never heard of “Number 6 Fumbles” but it’s a MTV Books publication so I know it will be good. The interesting thing though is that only one library owns it in my system. So I better order it before it’s too late. (Sidebar: Tuttle’s book in the library system is labeled as YA so I guess it jumps between the two.)


  3. Alison
    November 16, 2011

    However, it should not be forgotten that “young adult literature,” as defined by YALSA, is not limited to those still in/entering high school: “ The size of this population segment has also increased as the conventional definition of ‘young adult’ has expanded to include those as young as ten and, since the late 1990s, as old as twenty-five.”

    It has? This is news to this member of YALSA. The committees on which I’ve served have used the YALSA definition of “young adult” as 12-18.

    I agree that there’s room for more groups, but I think you’ll find that YA publishing (and YA in libraries anyway) is pretty much 12 (or 13) to 18 (or 17).



  4. Lourdes
    November 18, 2011

    Hey Alison,

    Thanks for the information and your comments. I found this definition of YA on the YALSA website itself. However, it is a very broad description of the genre and in reality the targeted demographic of YA is 12-18. Nevertheless, I do see minor but still present tendencies of over 18 characters in YA, and I would love to see more of it. I guess I just do not want to let go of YA let.


  5. Adrianne R.
    December 1, 2011

    Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling Series is a good example of YA writing that takes a character from high school through the early college experience.
    Although by the time the last two books in the series were released, I had a hard time finding them in the bookstore as they were grouped in the “Fiction” (re: Adult) section rather than in YA simply because the main character was now in her early twenties.


  6. Shelver506
    May 19, 2012

    I’ve found that many of the “more mature” YA books are easier to swallow when the characters’ ages are glossed over. For instance, I have no clue what the ages are of the protagonists in “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, and the book felt solidly NA to me.

    So do these types of books slip through precisely because the ages are swept under the rug? I don’t know.

    (If you’re interested, I wrote a post about the New Adult category – or lack thereof – just last week http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-adult-or-there-be-rough-waters.html ).


  7. Lourdes
    May 21, 2012

    Hello Shelver506,

    I have “Code Name Verity” on my to “To Be Read” list. I really need to get on that. Also, it seems that you are right about their ages being “undefined.” Do you think this was on purpose so that there would be a wider appeal or for the readers sake so that no matter their age, they can see how they would react in the situations within the book?

    I think these books certainly are in limbo when it comes to age. Since they are general in this sense this allows for more specificity to come through in the plot. And “Code Name Verity” is a perfect example of this.

    Also, I am definitely going to read your blog post. This is a topic that still interests me.

    Thanks for commenting and reading,




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